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Default Steal ability explanation

An overlooked ability is the Wand of Mana Stealing's "Steal" ability.

Seeking something that would instantly steal life from a target and give it to the caster, I tested this ability out. There are five data fields, and this is what I found out:

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Data - Leave Target Alive
	default: True
	When true, this ability steals mana from the target as one would expect.
	When true, this ability damages the caster instead of healing it.
        When false, this ability heals the caster as one would expect.
	When false, if "Life Converted to Life" is not 0.00, this ability cannot be cast unless the caster is at less than full health.
        When false, if "Life Converted to Life" is not 0.00, this ability automatically kills the target regardless of how much damage its received.

Data - Life Conversion As Percent
	default: true
	When true, this ability steals exactly the listed amount of life.
	When false, this ability steals the amount listed as a percent of the target's current health, which means anything greater than 1.00 is 100% and kills the target.
        When false, if "Leave Target Alive" is true, this kills the caster with every value above and below 1.00 that I have tested.

Data - Life Converted to Life
	default: 0.00
	When left at 0.00, the caster never experiences healing or damage.

Data - Life Converted to Mana
	default: 50.00
	When left at 0.00, the caster never gains or loses mana, regardless of the other settings.

Data - Mana Converstion As Percent
	default: true
	When true, this ability steals exactly the listed amount of mana.
	When false, this ability steals the amount listed as a percent of the target's current mana.
In short, the field descriptions don't make a lot of sense. Furthermore, because of the nuances of the way the various aspects of life stealing work, it's unusable to steal life. Stealing mana is no problem, but there's no way to both gain instead of lose life as well as keep the target alive when it should be.
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